Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know which English class to take?

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Students are initially registered for ENGL 101 and have the option of completing a writing placement assessment to be considered for placement into ENGL 102. These essays will be read and evaluated anonymously by members of the Writing Program. If a student’s writing sample demonstrates to two or more readers that the student is ready for the challenges of ENGL 102, the schedule change will be made the week before classes begin. The ENGL 102 section will most likely meet at the same time as the original ENGL 101 section.
Students with appropriate AP or IB-English exam scores—as well as transfer students with ENGL 101 and 102 credits—may place directly into HP.

If you completed the AP exams in English Language/Comp and/or English Lit/Comp, and received a score of 4 or 5, you do not need to take either English 101 or English 102. You may still elect to take English 102, in which case you need to notify your advisor.

If you completed the IB Higher Level Exams for English, English A1, English A2, English B, or College Reading and Writing, and received a score of 4, 5, 6 or 7, you do not need to take either English 101 or English 102. You may still elect to take English 102, in which case you need to notify your advisor.

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How do I select a First Year Seminar (FYS)?

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Read all the FYS 101 descriptions thoroughly, then complete the Online Course Selection Form by rating the courses as “Really Like It,” “Like It,” or “Don’t Like It.” You will need to rate at least five FYS courses as “Really Like It.”

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Do I have to take a math class?

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You might need to take a math course if your major requires it. Find out about your major requirements. Guilford requires all students to satisfy a Quantitative Literacy requirement either by SAT Math scores of 650 or higher, by passing a Quantitative Literacy exam during orientation, or by satisfactorily completing GST 110 Quantitative Literacy. We recommend that students complete the Quantitative Literacy requirement in their first year.

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Do I have to take a foreign language?

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Guilford requires that students to complete the 101-level of foreign language. You do not have to take one during your first semester. However, we recommend that you satisfy your foreign language requirement in the first year.

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What’s the best way to choose electives?

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If you know your intended major, go to the major listing to see what courses, if any, are recommended. Majoring in the natural sciences or the pre-health professions needs careful planning for two-semester sequenced courses, such as Chemistry 111 and Chemistry 112.

Review the curriculum guide “General Education Requirements.” Choose electives that will satisfy your “Explorations: Breadth” and “Explorations: Critical Perspectives” requirements. The “Course Listings: Fall 2011″ will indicate whether or not any available courses satisfy these requirements.

Take courses you that interest you. Not every course may fill a requirement, but any course may lead you to a major or a concentration. High interest in the course topics leads to academic engagement and success.

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Are there any restrictions on the courses I can take?

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There are some general restrictions for first year students. They are:

-Courses that begin after 6:00 PM (GST 120 and some Music and Physical Education 1-credit courses) are not available to first year students.

-Fast Track and Saturday courses are not available to first year students.

-Consortium courses at other colleges are not available to first year students.
Independent Study and Internships are not available to first year students.

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Can I make changes before classes start?

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No and Yes. Your registration establishes your preliminary schedule for the fall semester.

Your FYS class and academic advisor cannot be changed once your schedule has been processed. So, read the descriptions and choose carefully.

Once you arrive on campus in August, you will have time to meet with your advisor and review your schedule during orientation. You will be able to make schedule changes to your other courses after discussing the changes with your advisor.